Raiders have strong showing at Panhandle Championship meet

Sam Bassham spent a lot of time in the offseason working on his hurdling ability and it seems to have paid off for the Navarre track standout.

Bassham finished in second Saturday afternoon in the 110-meter hurdles at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Panhandle Championship meet at Washington High School in Pensacola. The junior crossed the finish line in a time of 15.90.

“I’ve upgraded my form a lot from last year,” Bassham said as he worked to catch his breath after crossing the finish line. “I went to a camp over the summer to learn about getting over the hurdles and attacking them. I feel like I’m definitely attacking more this year.”

Saturday’s meet was only the second of the year for Bassham but he improved on his time from a week ago when he ran a 16.12 in the event at the Tiger Relays on the same track.

“Last week I wasn’t as good. I’ve improved a lot this week,” Bassham said. “I just continue to work hard and run hard.”

Bassham was among the top placers for the Raiders, who took seventh overall at the meet in the boy’s standings. The girls, led by the third-place performance of Khorri Newton in the high jump, took ninth. Newton came through with a leap of 5 feet 2 inches.

“I’m making progress but it’s going slower than I had hoped for,” Newton said. “I’ve worked a lot on my form and technique and went to a couple of camps over the summer. I feel like I’ve gotten better but I keep working at improving my jump.”

Several other Raiders shined in their respective events as well, including Veronica Matechik who turned in a strong performance in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 17.98 to finish sixth overall.

Read more in the March 3 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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